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Saturday, April 24, 2010

A blue ribbon winner . . .

I entered my Double Bubble quilt in the March 2010 quilt show sponsored by the String-A-Long quilt show and earned a blue ribbon in the Mystery Division.  Yea me!!! Click on the link to see the quilt.

Aunt Barb's pink ribbon fleece

My Aunt is fighting breast cancer for the second time.  I made this for her.  the flip side is plain pink, but I put both layers on my long arm and quilted a pantograph with hearts.  March 2010

Aunt Barb lost her battle in April 2011

Kim S t-shirts and leotards

Kim was a gymnast at a school that has a fabulous gymnastics programs.  Lots of state championships, and great memories.  Two of her leotards are in the middle, and some of the sashings are made from the waistband of a pair of pants, or little bags they had made for their gear.  April 2010

Megan's t-shirts

Megan is a great volleyball player, and these are most of her shirts.  Purple sashings, and the back is pink with lots of multi-colored flowers.  March 2010

Victor's t-shirts

Victor was in the Univ of Ill marching band.  The sashings are blue multi-colored, and the back is orange U of I fabric.  I used a pantograph that has trumpets and saxophones.  He played the trumpet, and his wife played the sax.  I have her t-shirts too - for a second quilt - someday!!

Jan 1 mystery quilting

This was Cindy Roth's 1-1-10 mystery quilting class.  The top is made ahead of time, then on New Year's Day there are periodic internet postings on how to long arm quilt each seciton.  A good way to practice and learn new things.

Happy Halloween

Made from flag nylon for a friend who is absolutely Halloween crazy.  They decorate their  house for Halloween like most people do for Christmas.  Oct 2009

ties memory quilt

I made this for a friend after her husband passed away.  It's from all of his ties, plus his picture in the middle.  The border is from the narrower part of the ties.  The backing is navy with a maroon paisley print - looks like a pattern that would be used on ties.  This is one of the first things I quilted on my new Gammill machine.  50" square - Feb 2010

Gertie Gammill

I finally got a long-arm machine.  What a fabulous new "toy".  I named her Gertie!!  Lots of learning to do here. 

Musical t-shirt quilt

Tom's brother passed away.  These are t-shirts from all the radio stations where he was a DJ.  It was a birthday gift for his Mom.  What a wonderful thing for her to have as a memory of her son.  2009

Christmas quilted projects

Christmas wall hanging, mantle cover, and table runner.  Made for several different Christmases

Lauren O t-shirt quilt

Lauren's high school and college memories.  Lots of black and white fabrics.  Dec 2009

Molly G's T-shirts

Made for Molly - sashings are flannel - she wanted a bright green, with blue fleece on the back.  Nov 2009

Memory quilts

I made these two quilts for a friend who's Mom and sister had both passed away.  I used their clothes, and the disappearing 9-patch pattern.  One for her and one for her brother.  Oct/Nov 2009

Liz C T-shirts

Liz wanted a quilt from some of her favorite vacation t-shirts

MIssing Pieces

This one was fun.  Used up lots of scraps.  I had made a small one for fun and had it displayed at a craft show.  This lady ordered a double bed size of the same version.  the black spots are the "missing Pieces"  July-Aug 2009

John S.

July 2009-  twin bed t-shirt quilt.  I was able to balance the shirt colors - white in the corners, and orange across the middle.

Sandy H T-shirts

Made for her 27 year-old son.  Took her a while to find me!!  June 2009

Andrea F T-shirts

Made for Andrea's HS graduation party -          May 2009

Topsy Turvy Lane

Made for a co-worker.  It was a gift for a bride who wanted lots of green!!  It's a Bonnie Hunter pattern - Happy Scrappy Houses.  I embroidered the newlyweds last name on the roof of one of the houses in the middle of the quilt.  May 2009

Double Bubble

This is a Bonnie Hunter mystery pattern that she named Double Delight. I name it Double Bubble, because the colors remind me of Double Bubble bubble gum!! Pieced in Jan 09, and professionally quilted that fall.

A quilt from baby clothes

A great quilt for a new Mom.  A quilt made from the baby's clothes.  Name and birthday are embroidered in the middle.  60 x 72

Jackie S. t-shirts

Made in Dec 2008 - double bed

Jordan S t-shirt quilt

The business is starting to take off.  Made in Dec 2008

Lauren H.

Another t-shirt quilt - July 2008

Pinwheels and chains

Made as a gift for a co-worker's wedding.  Turquoise and taupe are batik fabrics. Summer 2008

Mixed-up Migration

Lots of flying geese - hence the name.  Made for a co-worker - she helps keep my business going.  I used spray starch on the fabric before cutting to help maintain all those points.  April 2008

Starry Night

60 x 60 - quilted on my domestic machine with lots of stars.

Orient Express

This is pre-cut squares from JoAnn Fabrics.  Bought extra fabric for the borders to make it queen sized.  Professionally long-arm quilted.  PIeced in Jan 2008, quilted in Nov 2009

photo quilt

Made for a co-worker to give to his Mom.  The photos are his 3 boys.

Rock Concert Shirts

The second quilt I made for friend Dick.  This one is his t-shirts that he bought at rock concerts.  He is a retired teache, and this hangs from an old chalk board in his living room!!

Fiery Sun

Made this for fun in March 07, then quilted and sold it in November.


Loved this pattern so much that I made it twice!!  Both tops made in Feb 2007

Heather's T-shirts

For Heather H. - 2006

Stars & Stripes

The 9th quilt top made for Quilts with Love.

lots of scraps

This is another for Quilts with Love - the 3rd one.  Over 1100 pieces here!!

Quilts with Love quilts for the military

This is the first of many quilts I made for the Quilts With Love group.  They send quilts to our military personnel in Iraq and Afganistan.  Made in 2005

St. Jude's quilt contest

This was an entry for the St. Jude's contest to make quilts for the children in the hospital.  The program is run via Hancock Fabrics.  I won a red ribbon for this one.  The theme is "golf with dad".  Made in 2005.

Texas Star

Made for my Mom in March 05.  Used the pre-printed interfacing from  Quiltsmart.com

Dick's T-Shirts

Made for fellow PE teacher in Feb 2005.

Dustin B. T-shirt quilt

Made in 2004 - this is my first t-shirt quilt.  Made for my nephew - Dustin.


I bought a new ruler and learned how to make this quilt.  Donated it to my Mom's church thrift shop.

Log Cabin

Made in 2003 - this is king size - 120" x 120".  PIctured on our bed.  This picture was taken before the dust ruffle was added.  It's made of one of the fabrics on the "light" side of the log cabin.  I quilted diagonal cross-hatching by rolling it up and cramming it through my domestic machine!!  Quite a challenge . . . .

Thursday, April 8, 2010


I made this in the early 80's, and it was done entirely by hand.  I used little cardboard templates to cut the pieces, and strung them on a length of embroidery floss to keep them together. The pattern was on the back of a package of Mountain Mist batting.  I used to think that was really top-notch stuff!! One of my first quilts.